On Sunday, September 22nd, the Richmond, VA chapter of Black Girls Run! celebrated their 1-year anniversary at Road Runner Running Store!
Members of the group enjoyed a fun, social afternoon with refreshments and running advice from the Road Runner staff. All those in attendance also left with a certification in compression-free CPR from Breath of Fresh Air, a First Aid training program based in Mechanicsville. After 5:00, the store was closed for a private running clinic, where store manager Tim Jones answered questions about shoes, post-run self-massage, and compression wear. Said Tim, “Some of these ladies are taking up running for the first time, and many of them say that there is an immediate transformation in how good they feel on a daily basis.”
From the Black Girls Run! website: “In 2009, Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks created Black Girls RUN! in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners. The mission of Black Girls RUN! is to encourage African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80 percent of African-American women are overweight. BGR! wants to create a movement to lower that percentage and subsequently lower the number of women with chronic diseases associated with an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle.” Road Runner would like to add that as far as we can tell, there is no running group in Richmond that has as much FUN as these ladies!
The Richmond chapter of Black Girls Run was started last September and is growing quickly in the metro area. Those interested in joining the group can do so by going the BGR website: http://www.blackgirlsrun.com.
For more information on getting CPR training for your running group, contact Breath of Fresh Air at email@example.com